The National Office on Money Laundering launches investigation into allegedly illegal funds the DA Alliance would have benefited from in 2004.
The National Office for Prevention and Crackdown on Money Laundering (ONPCSB) launched an investigation following the statements made by PNL Senator Sorin Rosca Stanescu, according to whom the DA Alliance would have benefited in 2004 from illegal funding. ONPCSB spokesperson Claudia Oncica announced yesterday. She also said she cannot give any further details about the moment when the institution took notice, if it was the result of a complaint tabled by a third party, or if the transaction in question was made through a bank.
Former PNL leader Theodor Stolojan, currently PDL MEP, said that in Nov. 2004, when the DA Alliance would have allegedly benefited from suspicious funding, according to Rosca Stanescu, Calin Popescu Tariceanu was the PNL interim president and Mihai Voicu was the party’s financial attorney in fact. “Mr. Sorin Rosca Stanescu must be out of his mind. If he wants correct information and no allegations and lies as regards the amounts transferred in November 2004 to the election campaign bank account of the DA Alliance, I really suggest him going to his party colleagues for true information, Mr. Mihai Voicu was the party’s financial attorney in fact at that time and Calin Popescu Tariceanu the caretaker chairman of PNL,” Mediafax quoted Stolojan as saying.
PNL vice-president Mihai Voicu, the former financial procurator of the DA Alliance, said that the accusations brought by senator Stanescu can be easily verified and he knows nothing about any transfer of approximately USD 7 M made in 2004. “I know nothing of such a transfer; at that moment, all the documents were submitted and verified, including the bank account report,” Voicu stated. He added that he does not know the situation of the presidential campaign, because he and Gheorghe Albu (former treasurer of PNL) were only in charge of the parliamentary elections. “The MP mandates of all the candidates of that time could not have been validated unless all documents were submitted and verified,” the PNL deputy explained.
Sorin Rosca Stanescu on Wednesday made a political statement accusing the DA Alliance of receiving in its election campaign account about 7 million US dollars, without declaring them in 2005 in the Official Journal, according to legal provisions. He also said that then president of PD was Traian Basescu “who ran for Romania’s President in the same year and succeeded in defeating his opponent Adrian Nastase and win the elections, but hardly. The PNL chairman was Theodor Stolojan, who abandoned the race for “Romania’s President in Traian Basescu’s favour,” the PNL senator also said. According to him, the total amount of 7 million dollars came from Laiki Bank Cyprus, with the payments having been made through the banks Brown Brothers Harriman and Corporation and Bank of Canton of California San Francisco.